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What’s Growing at the Nursery?!

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

Here are just a few of the many early spring bloomers at Earth Tones!

Red Columbine 5-1-16

Red Columbine, Aquilegia canadensis, is a beautiful woodland wildflower with downward hanging, bell-like flowers. These flowers attract long-tongued insects and hummingbirds that are especially adapted for reaching the nectar.

Bleeding heart 5-1-16

Wild Bleeding Heart, Dicentra eximia. A friendly neighbor to Connecticut, this adaptable plant does well in full sun to partial shade and well drained, peaty, moist or dry soils.

Purple Trillium 5-1-16

Purple Trillium, Trillium erectum, has a single, nodding crimson flower. Its fragrance attracts carrion flies that act as pollinators.

foam flower 5-7-16

Clouds of soft white flowers give Foam Flower, Tiarella cordifolia, its common name. This plant makes an excellent ground cover with evergreen foliage and an ability to grow well in moderate to full shade.

Iris 5-1-16

Coming from our border state of Massachusetts, the Dwarf Wood Iris, Iris cristata, is a versatile, low-growing iris reaching only 5 or 6 inches tall.

Where To Find us, Events 2012

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

We are looking forward to a great year! Come join us as we present at some terrific gatherings!

Jan 4 2012
CT Nursery and Landscape Association Winter Symposium
Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT
Presentation on -
“Rain Gardens -Storm Water Management, Aesthetics and Habitat”
Learn the importance behind Rain Gardens and the fundamentals of building one!

Jan 24 2012
Garden Club of Newtown 12:00pm
Booth Library , Main Street , Newtown, CT
Presentation on -
“Introduction to Native Plants and Landscaping Ideas”
Why are Native Plants so important? Understand the wonderful ecological impact you can have by incorporating Native Plants into your landscape.

Feb 1 2012
New England Grows!
3 day event!
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center - Boston, MA
Presentation - “Where the Wild Things Are - Designing with Native Plants”
Learn the intrinsic relationship between flora and fauna, learn how to build a native plant palette for specific ecological sites, gain inspiration for your next design using Native Plants.

Feb 14 2012
Pomperaug Valley Garden Club 11:00am
Woodbury Emergency Service Building, Quassuk Road, Woodbury CT
Presentation on -
“Native Plants- How to help the world by starting in your own backyard”

April 21 2012
Earth Day Celebration Woodbury CT 11am - 4pm
Come Join us and many other participants at Hollow Park for the Earth Day Celebration. The theme will be “Reduce Reuse Recycle”
Go Green!

April 22 2012
Earth Tones Official Opening Day!

April 28 2012
Ansonia Nature Center , Ansonia CT
Help continue the Earth Day celebration with events, hikes, woodland tours, song, dance and merriment!

May 15 2012
Danbury Women’s Club 10:00 am
Here at Earth Tones - Get a full tour of the nursery, the propagation methods, the office built from the timber off the land, the very green and very sustainable methods used , the mini Sphagnum peat bog with native carnivorous plants and orchids, enjoy the display gardens and of course have access to native ferns, perennials, trees and shrubs we offer for sale to the public. ( up to about 400 species available!)
Call us to have your Garden Club signed up for a tour!

May 22 2012
Flander’s Nature Center Hosts a presentation by Lisa on attracting pollinators
6:30pm at Woodbury Library on Main St, Woodbury
Earth Tones joins in a discussion of “The Plight of the Pollinators” with a presentation directing gardeners towards specific native plant material most beneficial to our native pollinators.

Welcome Summer

Monday, June 4th, 2007

Official summer is almost upon us. The weather will become hotter, the ground drier and panic will set in the hearts of some gardeners when they think of the upkeep in watering the garden! Will their well risk running dry this hot season? Will there be bans on watering? Will they ultimately lose precious plant material?

If you have native plants in your garden, then the answer is No! The native plants, if planted in the right ecological conditions will survive. They have had years of practice at surviving these harsh weather conditions that the New England area is so known for (some are even proud of it!)

Lonicera sempervirensAfter installing your beautiful, beneficial and hearty native plant, once it’s established (and this will require maybe a month of growing time) all you need to do is enjoy it! Speaking from experience, there have been more than enough times I have planted a gorgeous native plant (locating it in the proper soil and light conditions, of course) carefully setting it in its new home, lovingly mulched and watered it and then poor thing- forgot all about it!

As you know, life seems to pull us and our attentions in many different directions, snd the poor garden suffers. So, I forgot about the plant until it called out to me and finally attracted my attention by the beautiful blooms that it was waving about (It reminded me of the student in the back of the classroom practically standing in the chair while waving her hand to get the attention of the teacher¦). So I redirected my footsteps to take a minute and admire the new addition to the garden. Colorful, attractive, and getting along well with the other plants in the garden, it was simultaneously providing a nectar source for insects. Very impressive! But I had confidence in her anyway, yet was still, none the less, pleasantly surprised.

Note to self, Self, don’t forget to collect seeds in the fall from that one! She’s a beauty!

The Columbines are just going to seed, the Solomans Seal has finished its blooms, the spring ephemerals are starting to fade and yellow, I’ve already collected and have sown Marsh marigold seeds and Mitella seeds, and the Dicentra’s are going to seed also. Aside from the hot spell last week, the natural course of this plant palette screams that spring is over! Get ready for summer! The delicate soft green hues are turning deeper. The spring ephemerals that we so longed for, the ones that evoke the excitement like the birth of a new baby are now fading. Summer, with its heat, its intense solar glare, its dry ground and tough planting conditions needs some new recruits. The next wave of color is upon us!

GaillardiaMy favorites for Summer fun and color are:
Gaillardia (Blanket flower) -Loves full sun with fairly average garden soils. Crazy colorful and fun blooms that remind me of a brightly lit carousel during the summer evening fair. Hummingbirds enjoy this plant as well!
Asclepias - Wow! There is a milkweed for every occasion. Just to name a few…The A. tuberosa is the bright orange one that is at home in fields and open meadows, loves well drained soil and is hard to miss when in bloom.

Swamp Milkweed Asclepias incarnata A. incarnata prefers moister soil conditions (hence the common name Swamp Milkweed) and A. syriaca, Common Milkweed, which is the only fragrant milkweed, tends to take over in a smaller garden, so prepare to have ample room for it so you don’t start a fight with it! The blooms last a fairly long time in a vase and I’ve read that the still fresh seed pods are edible. (Recipes anyone?)

Monarch Caterpillar

AND did you know that Milkweeds are a MAJOR food source for monarch butterflies? Plant a few milkweeds and ultimately you will also be enjoying beautiful butterflies, colorful caterpillars, and if you’re lucky enough- camouflaged chrysalis.
Aruncus – for the shade garden only. This plant can tolerate drier soils and throws out a huge white fluff of a flower that droops delicately long into the season. A great one for filling up a space because the plant grows 4ft tall by 3ft wide.
Campanula- Always more fun when you go through life with a campanula!
Ok, ok. But really! Hardy plants, bell shaped flowers, handles drought, some are petite and delicate and some bold. How can you not want one?

Lonicera sempervirens - A honey of a plant! This woody-stemmed vine flowers from mid-May until frost. And if the frost was not that bad, and there’s a warm spell - she’ll try to bloom a few more! Can handle sun to part shade and is a favorite with the hummingbirds!
Penstamon - This, like the Columbine, has such a delicate flower, yet the plant is very tough in the driest locations. Can handle full sun to part shade.
Monarch ChrysalisVeronicastrum - I’m pushing this one a bit. It doesn’t flower until late in the summer, but I always have enjoyed the leaf pattern. It has a sturdy stem with a whorled leaf that adds an intriguing texture to the garden. It will ultimately grow 3ft +, so give it room.

Hope you had a wonderful Spring and now time for some summer fun!

The Amelanchier

Sunday, April 1st, 2007

Amelanchier canadensis, A. stolonifera, A. arborea and A. laevis can be found in our area. 

Amelanchier is a small tree or shrub that can be found in a variety of habitats from swamps to dry woods. When you see a sprinkle of delicate white splashed in the woods and nothing else is flowering you have found an Amelanchier.  This plant is known to many by a variety of names such as; Serviceberry, Sarvisberry, Shadbush and Shadblow.  These names reflect the intimate connection people had with their environments.  The Sarvisberry is a tree found in Europe with similar fruit, after a while people corrupted sarvisberry into serviceberry. 

As for the name Shadbush and Shadblow, this refers to the running of the shad in the northeast.  The American Shad is an anadromous fish that would move up the Houstonic and Connecticut rivers and into the smaller rivers to spawn in May and June. At the same time, the Amelanchier start to flower.  Because it is the earliest shrub/ tree to flower and the only plant flowering at that same time and can be found along stream banks it was easily connected with the shad.

The Amelanchier is in the rose family, in our area it can be found as a single stem tree or a multi-stem shrub, on dry hills or in swamps and along streams.  It is a highly adaptable plant for many landscape environments.  Besides having lovely white flowers, it produces outstanding fruit.  The berries are red to purple and have about a 1/4″ diameter.  They have a incredible flavor in which a large number of birds delight. 

They make some of the best preserves I have ever had and are great for pies too!  But there is one problem, you have to beat the birds and children to them, it does not take long for either to clean out a bush! 

 Which ever way you know this plant, it is one you should have in your landscape.

Spring Is Coming!

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

childrentrout lillyHi, everyone. Kyle and I hope you have had a great winter and are looking forward to the spring planting season! We just wanted to let everyone know that we will be resuming our regular hours (winter is appointment only) on Sunday April 22nd, which also happens to be Earth Day!

To learn more about Earth Day check out these sites:

We hope you can come by and visit. As always please contact us with any questions or help you might need as you plan your Spring planting!


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